For those of you who did not win the last giveaway, I have another one! And this time there are 5 pairs of tickets involved.

Remember last year when I wrote my post about attending the Foster Farms Regional Finals? It was a lot of fun. I got to watch the finalists cook, taste all the recipes, meet the contestants and their families, meet the judges, and vote for the audience favorite. Well this year’s California Regional Finals is almost here.

And I have five pairs of tickets to give away to the event, so that my readers can also watch the cooking competition first hand and try all the samples.

The Contest will be held at The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of California – San Diego (7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108) on Friday, September 7, 2012 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Yes, it’s on a Friday which can be a problem for those of us who work, but it’s over by noon so you could take just take the morning off work

Judges this year are: Christine Ross, editor San Diego Union-Tribune, Lori Lange, blogger of RecipeGirl.com and Susan Russo, blogger of FoodBlogga.com.

Okay, I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of these. Aren’t they so cute with their swirl of avocado buttercream frosting? I’ve seen several chocolate cake and chocolate brownie recipes topped with avocado buttercream frosting over the years, so when I was coming up with ways to use up my avocados I knew I wanted to try making either cupcakes or brownies with avocado frosting.

Usually the ones I see just smear the frosting on the top. I originally did that, but I didn’t think it looked so pretty and I suddenly got the idea to pipe a swirl on top of each brownie piece inside. I couldn’t get over just how nice they turned out.

I think it’s kind of funny that people make avocado brownies which hides the avocado flavor, only to then top it with avocado frosting. I was originally going to try out a recipe I came across, but realized I didn’t have a few of the ingredients the recipe called for. So instead, I tried to make my own recipe. I also made my own frosting.


One of the things I was most looking forward to Paris was the chocolate. I’ve been lucky to have experienced high quality European chocolate before and I was ready to indulge again.

Jean-Charles Rochoux is a well known Parisian Chocolatier. He not only makes mouthwatering chocolates but also creates some unbelievable chocolate sculptures as well.

When we stepped into the small shop, we were surprised to see Monsieur Rochoux himself at the register and helping customers. After oohing and ahhing over the chocolates, we decided to follow the tourists in front of us and order as they had.


Rochoux offers several sizes of mixed chocolate boxes where you can select from all his variations. Since we had no idea which ones were good, we let him choose. He asked a few questions like milk or dark, gift for female or male, and then went to work, hand selecting chocolates for each of our gift boxes. The boxes themselves were also quite nice, and when he rung up our order, he even autographed the bag for the chocolates.